Dance City is very pleased to announce the appointment of James Allenby as Communications Manager (Job Share).

James trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh before running away to join the circus. Not a fan of the itinerant lifestyle, he returned to Edinburgh to work freelance in press, marketing and as a producer. Past clients include The National Student Drama Festival, The Bush Theatre, Cow Parade Edinburgh, Assembly Theatre, Recorded Delivery Theatre Company, X Factor Dance Company and numerous Edinburgh Festival Fringe PR clients.

In 2006 he went to work at Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance. During his seven years there James was involved in most areas of the organisation, leaving his post of Communications & Development Director in 2013.

James was then National Project Manager for the Get Scotland Dancing initiative, a part of the Legacy and Culture 2014 programme as part of Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games.

More recently he has managed Rosie Kay Dance Company’s 5 SOLDIERS project touring to theatres and military venues including Dance City and receiving rave reviews. He joined the boards of Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2011 and of Indepen-dance, Scotland’s inclusive dance company in 2014.

James’ employment with Dance City begins at the end of June and he will job share the position with existing Communications Manager Nina Byrne.

 Anthony Baker, Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of Dance City said:

“James is a very talented and experienced marketer with many years of relevant experience which he will be able to put to good use in this new role. We are all really looking forward to working with him to continue our work in raising Dance City’s profile and bringing dance to as many people as possible.”

James Allenby said: “It is an exciting time to be joining Dance City with a bold vision for the future of dance in the North East that I look forward to contributing to.”